City of the Dead - Jonathan Kellerman

City of the Dead

By Jonathan Kellerman

  • Release Date: 2022-02-08
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4.5
From 1,375 Ratings


NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The past comes back to haunt psychologist Alex Delaware and Detective Milo Sturgis when they investigate a grisly double homicide and uncover an even more unspeakable motive in this riveting thriller from the bestselling master of suspense.

Los Angeles is a city of sunlight, celebrity, and possibility. The L.A. often experienced by Homicide Lt. Detective Milo Sturgis and psychologist Alex Delaware, is a city of the dead.
Early one morning, the two of them find themselves in a neighborhood of pretty houses, pretty cars, and pretty people. The scene they encounter is anything but. A naked young man lies dead in the street, the apparent victim of a collision with a moving van hurtling through suburbia in the darkness. But any thoughts of accidental death vanish when a blood trail leads to a nearby home.
Inside, a young woman lies butchered. The identity of the male victim and his role in the horror remain elusive, but that of the woman creates additional questions. And adding to the shock, Alex has met her while working a convoluted child custody case. Cordelia Gannett was a self-styled internet influencer who’d gotten into legal troubles by palming herself off as a psychologist. Even after promising to desist, she’s found a loophole and has continued her online career, aiming to amass clicks and ads by cyber-coaching and cyber-counseling people plagued with relationship issues.
But upon closer examination, Alex and Milo discover that her own relationships are troublesome, including a tortured family history and a dubious personal past. Has that come back to haunt her in the worst way? Is the mystery man out in the street collateral damage or will he turn out to be the key to solving a grisly double homicide? As the psychologist and the detective explore L.A.'s meanest streets, they peel back layer after layer of secrets and encounter a savage, psychologically twisted, almost unthinkable motive for violence and bloodshed.
This is classic Delaware: Alex, a man Milo has come to see as irreplaceable, at his most insightful and brilliant.


  • Good book, 1st of his

    By Baerenator
    It’s a good read, could be shorter and more concise, gets long in the middle. The ending wasn’t anticipated and more could have been added there.
  • Incrediblee

    By Geezzuuss
    First time reading an Alex Deleware novel and i am now hooked. Think I’ll try serpentine next. Just jumping back into readingg and i move mysteries. Just what i needed
  • Interesting

    By dlpenni
    Love a good mystery book . No clues a long the way but a fast entertaining read. I do enjoy clues in detective who done it.
  • City of the Dead

    By Artymusician
    I enjoyed reading this book, after skipping a few in the series. Milo is, as always, modest and competent. Alex, though, seems more arrogant and self righteous. Maybe deciding child custody cases has gone to his head. Also, I don’t really care which streets Milo or Alex use to get to their destinations. Would prefer greater character descriptions and development. The ending was too abrupt and seemed too contrived. Really?! Princeton and Harvard serial killer?
  • His best one

    By CentralCALady
    Held my attention through the whole book and good plot. Very interesting characters too.
  • City of the Dead

    By olddue1
    Very interesting and entertaining murder mystery. The writing is skilled and characters believable. The plot is a bit contrived and improbable but enjoyable.